January 11-12, 2023

Email Libby Christensen at with questions about the event.

National Western Center is a 250-acre redevelopment project. It hosts the National Western Stock Show each year and is a year-round destination for concerts, conferences, farmers markets, and more. To learn more visit the National Western Center’s website (

PARKING: Tours 1 through 3 will depart from the CSU National Western Complex (4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO). We would encourage you to utilize public transportation or the free parking options provided by the National Western Stock Show (available here). Parking shuttles drop off at the NWSS Complex. Please arrive no later than 8:30am so that we can depart promptly at 9am.

CSU Spur Campus is the educational anchor of the National Western Center that is free and open to the public. The campus consists of three buildings – Vida, Terra, and Hydro. CSU Spur invites visitors to see, learn and do – with a goal of inspiring the next generation to engage in big world issues of water, food and health. To learn more, visit CSU Spur’s website (

PARKING: Free parking is available in Lot N next to the Vida Building (see here).

The JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith is a facility worthy of a top-ranking Meat Science program. The facility includes a complete livestock and meat processing center, spanning the meat-animal harvesting process, fully equipped with a livestock arena, Temple Grandin-designed holding and harvesting areas, a research and development center and sensory analysis room, an auditorium lecture hall and meat demonstration classroom, and a retail meat and dairy store and café. The JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith is home to the Temple Grandin Animal Handling & Education Center. This project also replaced the Stock Pavilion that was deconstructed for the new Chemistry Building.

PARKING: If you are driving to campus, please park in the South College Avenue Garage (Map here). Note that there is no free parking on campus.  Hourly parking is $2/hour or a daily permit for $13/day can be purchased online here. Please note that the Fort Collins Hilton is within walking distance of our meeting and parking is complimentary for all guests.

National Western Center

JBS Global Food Innovation Center


 Hilton on Prospect in Fort Collins: 

Find the hotel in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, two miles from Fort Collins’ historic Old Town and downtown area. The hotel is less than half a mile from Colorado State University and Canvas Stadium. There is an indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center. Parking available on site. Rooms available for around $118. Please let the hotel know that you are with the ILF/Mountain Meat Summit. Reserve rooms here (RESERVATION LINK) and use the code “MM79”.  

Join us for Happy Hour! 

Thank you to our ILF Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to our Mountain Meat Sponsors and Partners

Email Libby Christensen at with questions about the summit and 

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number G325-21-W8612 through the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Given the focus on leveraging food policy, we our planning committee is made up of representatives from each of the state’s food policy councils/coalitions, which are in turn representative of the diversity of Colorado’s food systems.

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